So you’ll not be surprised that I decided to skip the equation that beauty equals bondage, even when it’s trying to pass itself off as a textile buttress. Women don’t need to bring back the whalebone in our corsets; what we need is to develop enough backbone to be comfortable in our various shapes and sizes.
Gina Barreca is an English professor at the University of Connecticut, a feminist scholar who has written eight books, and a columnist for the Hartford Courant.
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